West Africa has many countries, 18 to be exact with a huge population of 360 million residents. Home to lots of ocean entrances as well as large and long rivers, West Africa has built plenty of bridges in the region which features the Adomi Bridge in Ghana and the Third Mainland Bridge in Nigeria, both of which are tourist attractions.
But what exactly is the longest bridge in West Africa? Let Naijauto.com tell you today.
1. The longest bridge in West Africa
It is our nation’s pride, the Third Mainland Bridge that outpaces any other from our fellow countries in terms of length with its own length measuring at 11.8 kilometers.
Being constructed in order to pave ways for commuting between Lagos mainland and Lagos Island, the Third Mainland Bridge is actually officially named as the Ibrahim Babangida Bridge but due to the interest of the local to call it the other way, the official name hardly reminds people of the longest bridge in West Africa.
The 3r Mainland Bridge is especially appealing at night
The Third Mainland Bridge is a tourist attraction which especially glamourous at night and for it, the Economy of Lagos as well as the country has gained more opportunities for improvements.
The 3rd Mainland drivers adhere to strict speed limit to 70 kph with cameras set along the bridge.
Video: AERIAL VIEW OF THIRD MAINLAND BRIDGE
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2. The god-father of the longest bridge in West Africa
As we inform of its official name above, that is actually the name of the then military Head of State. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida picked Julius Berger company to process the construction of the bridge which was completed in 1990 and commissioned by himself on his birthday 17th August.
The traffic on the 8-lane bridge is intense sometime in the day
3. The former record holders of the longest bridge in Nigeria
When the bridge was built to connect parts of Lagos state, it was not only the longest bridge in Nigeria, it was also known to crown the longest one in the whole Africa. In 1996, the title was dethroned by the 6th October Bridge in Cairo. However, it has been still the longest bridge in West Africa as well as Nigeria.
It takes at least 10 minutes to cross the 11.8-km long bridge
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